Riotous Assemblies: Popular Protest in Hanoverian England

Hardcover | December 30, 2006

byAdrian Randall

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Riotous Assemblies examines eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England through the lens of popular disorder. Tackling both the more closely-studied forms of protest, such as food riots, industrial disorders, and political disturbances, and much less well understood occasions of populardisorder, such as tax riots, turnpike riots, riots against the establishment of the militia, and religious riot, Adrian Randall re-engages the study of riot within a wider interpretation of the forces - social, economic and political - which were transforming society. He pays particular attention todisturbances in the years between 1795 and 1812, critically examining how far they indicated the major discontinuities discerned by earlier histories of protest, or whether they retained much of the character of earlier upheaval. Based upon detailed case studies and drawing upon the most recent research, the book extends the focus of earlier studies of protest. It locates the origins of disorder within the concepts of constitutionalism and the free-born Englishman, and argues that older attitudes proved far more tenaciousthan many have allowed.

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Riotous Assemblies examines eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England through the lens of popular disorder. Tackling both the more closely-studied forms of protest, such as food riots, industrial disorders, and political disturbances, and much less well understood occasions of populardisorder, such as tax riots, turnpike riots, ...

Adrian Randall read Medieval and Modern History at the University of Birmingham and then obtained a Masters in Economic History at the University of Sheffield. He returned to Birmingham to complete a PhD and was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Economic and Social History there in 1974. He was awarded a Chair in English...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199259908

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1. READING THE RIOT2. POWER, AUTHORITY AND THE RIOT ACT3. PROTESTING PEOPLE4. FOOD, MARKET CUSTOM AND PROTEST5. SETTING THE PRICE: FOOD RIOTS BEFORE 17906. INDUSTRIAL PROTEST, CUSTOM AND LAW7. COUNTRY PEOPLE: POPULAR PROTEST IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE8. NOBS AND MOBS: POLITICAL DISORDERS9. THE REPUDIATION OF THE MORAL ECONOMY10. BEFORE THE LUDDITES: MACHINERY, REGULATION AND THE STATE11. ENGINES OF MISCHIEF: THE LUDDITE DISTURBANCES OF 1811-1212. RIOTOUS ASSEMBLIES